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By Sophia Whitfield

This week Baz Luhrmann announced that the world premiere of Strictly Ballroom The Musical will take place on April 12 2014 at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney.

Based on the much loved Australian film which was released in 1992, Strictly Ballroom will tango its way onto centre stage with the same creative team that produced the fabulous film. Baz Luhrmann as director and co-writer, Catherine Martin as costume designer, choreographer John O’Connell and writer Craig Pearce.

Luhrmann did not reveal the stars of his new musical but he did hint at audience participation. Everything about the announcement was spectacular; it finished with a dashing array of barely clad Latin American dancers.

An announcement from Baz Luhrmann tends to grab the media and Sydney Town Hall was full to bursting. Luhrmann has after all treated Australia well. Strictly Ballroom was set in Sydney and so he has brought it back to its rightful home, despite offers from other world class locations. Luhrmann has a knack for this. Much of The Great Gatsby was filmed in Sydney and Australia of course featured his home. Many creatives head overseas remaining there for more lucrative reward, but Luhrmann returns home, features home and Australians love him for it.

Tickets for Strictly Ballroom The Musical go on sale on Monday August 12.

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